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Ashington Cougars U11 Blk - Match centre

Hurstpierpoint Colts Athletic
Ashington Cougars Black
Sat 24 Sep 09:30 - Horsham & District Youth Football League - Under 11 E 9v9 Full time

6 Pointer

Results you can depend on

*** MATCH REPORT ***
Saturday 24th September 2016.

Coach's Log.

We find the Summer extendeth. Can the boys have a start as bright as the weather?

With Thomas M nicking a last minute equaliser against Horsham Sparrows Blue last week we find ourselves 2 points behind our immediate opponents who are top of the division.

Today's match then is a real six pointer. Win and we are top of the Division. Lose, and we risk slipping further down than second.

A limited squad means that we have just the 9 required for the match. Thanks to those who gave advanced notice of availability.

SQUAD:

Starting positions :
Harrison (GK), Fabian (LB), Oliver (will his ankle injury hold out?)(CB), Indra (RB), Niall (ILM), Tom Berg (IRM), Thomas M (LM), Jamie (RM), Sam (STK).

1st HALF

The boys were under starters orders to have some commitment. To be honest last week's performance was far too lacklustre from far too many individuals in the team.

However, bang, from the starter's pistol (well referee Rob's whistle) the boy's exude some energy and are vocal in their communication.

Jamie breaks through with the intention of side footing into the right hand corner however the keeper spreads himself wide and smothers the ball.

Hurst's card is marked.

Not too long then before Thomas M picks the ball up on the halfway line and cuts in from the left, beating 1, 2 , 3 and then slots home across the goal to the right hand corner.

1 nil.

The Daily Express reporter mentions John Barnes goal against Brazil. Its a close call.

A lot of cut and thrust ensues and to be fair Hurst pin the boys back in their own half. Resolute defending cannot prevent Hurst scoring an equaliser after 20 minutes.

1- 1

However, the boys just before half time make the most of a break with Niall the Bullet taking the ball to the cusp of the goal line at the left before a cheeky flick to Thomas who bangs in from close range.

2-1

HALF TIME

And nobody can predict the outcome (though we have a hunch) but for sure the boys are up for it.


Another early marker and Thomas M breaks through with speed and slots home with aplomb.

3-1

A more tense period follows when...

the Hurst pressure bears some results and they score from inside the box

3-2

Please tell me the pendulum isn't about to swing the other way.

No.

It isn't.

Thomas M and Jamie see to that as Thomas' blast to the keeper means he spills the ball into the onward path of Jamie who, Lineker Italia 90 like poaches a goal from close range.

4-2

The coaches sigh a very short sigh of relief.

Well.

What ensues is what only can be described as a masterclass in the art of counter attack.

The boys release the ball from defence and Thomas M beats the last defenders with speed.

5 - 2

The boys release the ball from defence and Jamie beats the last defenders with speed

Jamie slots home confidently low into the bottom right hand corner.

6-2

The boys release the ball from defence and Thomas M beats the last defenders with speed.

This time Thomas takes the ball close to the keeper, waiting for him to go to ground before cheekily chipping a soft lob into the right corner.

7-2.

At this point the boys play a sensible game in winding down the clock. Or perhaps it was just that the energy levels, each and all having delivered so much through 60 minutes of football, were winding down too.

Peep- peep - peep.(From ref Robert).

A deep breath, a slug of water when we realise..

We are top of the league, we are top of the league.

Given that we have leap frogged Hurst.

7 points out of 9 in the league and given the pathway to the two tournament wins at the end of last season we are still unbeaten in the new Allfire sponsored shirts.

Man of the Match goes to Niall Smith who not only with enthusiasm accepts the challenge of GK in second half, delivers a solid performance which help the team keep in the game at precarious points in time.

Special mention to our defenders through the 60 minutes: Fabes, Oli (ankle holding out), Indra and Tom Berg. Whilst we had periods of the game for far too long playing in our own half the True Grit of these boys meant that our goal net did not bulge as often as it might have done.

Thanks to our touchline loyal supporters (remembering your performance is being scored by the opposition too !) as well as our Line-O Scott Fegan who dons his trainers instead of his favoured flip flops and delivers the role with some confidence and assertion..

See our league position at....
http://full-time.thefa.com/ProcessPublicSelect.do?psSelectedSeason=50095335&psSelectedDivision=944789794&psSelectedCompetition=0&psSelectedLeague=5957712&Submit.x=7&Submit.y=10

So your touchline support is very much appreciated and we look forward to the boys developing as individuals and as a team throughout the season.

Ashington Cougars Black U11

Results you can depend on.

Coach Simpson

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Under 11 E 9v9 results

Southwater
Maidenbower Colts Blacks
Heron Way
Horsham Sparrows Blue

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Ashington Cougars Black 3 7
2. Horsham Sparrows Blue 3 7
3. Maidenbower Colts Blacks 2 3
4. Southwater 1 3
5. Hurstpierpoint Colts Athletic 2 3
6. Ashington Cougars Red 0 0
7. Ashurstwood Arrows 0 0

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